ben4321 (6739) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Norm’s, 5/17/12
FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Aroma: The nose has yeast, wood, dark fruits, and a little sour cherry
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a small light brown head and light, drippy lace
Flavor: The taste has similar components to the nose and mixes light sourness and sweetness
Palate: This beer is medium bodied, with a lively carbonation, and a longish duration
This was a solid beer. It had some interesting components to it, and I found it to be a solid, if imperfect attempt. They did a solid job with this one.
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a small foamy tan head that faded and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was dryish and toasty with notes of soy sauce, faint cocoa, smoke and wood. The flavor was bitter and nutty with some caramel and a hint of ripe dark fruits and a smoky undertone. The finish was long with nut, caramel and smoke lingering. Moderately full bodied and smooth. Decent. DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2012
Notes from Draft at Collegeville 3Q 2011, and I could have sworn I already rated this one. The pour was hazy brownish toward ruby at the edges with khaki head. Nose was caramel cherry, some funky yeasty notes, and black patent malt. Tasted rich, malty, with notes of cherry, roasty earthiness, and some candi sugary notes in the finish. radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2012
22oz bottle. Poured a relatively dark color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was sweet, caramel notes, with notes of fruit and a touch of hops. Flavor was sweet malts, dark fruits. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth and enjoyable. evanlarkin (315) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Musty brown, small tan head that just doesn’t exist. Pear, caramel, and hazelnut. Tastes scotchy, chocolatey, and semi-sweet. Lightly toasted maltiness. Smooth.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, toasted caramel, and a hint of hops. Poured brown/ruby in color with a small, brown head that diminished very quickly and only lasted around the edges. Lightly hazy. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, toasting, slight cocoa, slight wood, toffee, and caramel. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, toasting, roasting, caramel, light cocoa finish. 7.7%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle from the beer store. Pours a dark mahogany color with minimal head and some slight lacing. Aroma is sweet fruits,raisins, and chocolate. Taste is sweet, malty, and a little fruity with a finish that is a litte doughey. Nothing spectacular, but pretty good. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2011
22oz bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing ring of beige head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with some dark fruity esters and a touch of piny hops. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark malty sweetness with a good balance of resiny grapefruity hops and a touch of molasses before a semisweet doughy finish. Well-balanced and enjoyable. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Thanks to BeerandBlues2. Cloudy walnut pour. Nose of dark fusel alcohol, caramel, vanilla, barrely wood, and chocolate. Flavor holds a strange lactic sour and sweet presence that just doesn’t work. Palate is actually wonderfully smooth and silky, but it doesn’t quite salvage the beer for me. Eh. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bomber from the Perfect Pour, MD. Dingy dark rust pour, with minimal head and carbonation. Rich cherries and chocolate in the nose, with a strong toffee and malt undercurrent. Body is a bit watery, and there’s just a touch of heat on the palate. Flavors are far more redolent of the porter than the Scottish, but there’s certainly a bit of the peaty, fruity qualities of the latter. I guess it’s okay, but it seems that the personalities of either individual beer might have been lost at the crossroads.